Easy Pesto

For some reason, I have recently started liking some white/cream simple china. I even found myself doing research on the internet looking to possibly add a set of plain white china. These are antique pieces that I had come across at a resale shop last year from the Johnson Brothers Heritage White collection:

Shown here are the Heritage White pieces on Spode Chargers used to serve a pesto dinner. I am rarely a “mix-and-match” person!!! What is happening to me?

To make the pesto, you need:

1 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup firmly packed parsley sprigs with stems removed

1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

1/4 cup pine nuts, walnuts or almonds

1 large clove garlic, quartered

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

Shelled Uncooked Shrimp (optional)

Cooked pasta


1. Combine basil leaves, parsley, cheese, nuts, garlic and salt in blender container or food processor bowl.

2. Cover and blend or process with several on-off turns until a paste forms.

3. Gradually add oil and blend or process to the consistency of soft butter.

4. In a separate pan, saute shrimp and tomatoes. Salt and/or pepper to taste.

5. Toss with cooked pasta and pesto.

6. Garnish with extra pesto and grated cheese.

7. Enjoy with warm bread! YUMMY!!

p.s. We have never planted vegetables. Thanks to my husband, we have a very mini vegetable garden patch. I had actually picked the leaves from the basil we have for my batch of pesto this time!!!!

Have a wonderful day everyone. I will be back again tomorrow!


8 thoughts on “Easy Pesto

  1. How great that you grew your own basil! I have an overabundance of walnuts so maybe I need to make pesto with some walnuts instead of pine nuts. thanks for the recipe. I always have an eye out for Johnson Bros. I do enjoy plain white dishes and all kinds of dishes…

  2. Oh! The food looks so yummy, makes me hungry looking at it. Yes, what’s happening to you? But I think it’s a good and lovely change, the food looks more appealing on plain coloured plates. Hey, the grated cheese on the white plate made it look embossed, or that was what I thought at first sight. I love the look of the healthy looking herbs too.

  3. This recipe sounds wonderful – I love pesto but my basil didn’t grow this year. :( I may have to buy some even though it’s pricey this season. Blessings, m arlene

  4. Looking at all the wonderful prints available in fabrics these days has me constantly finding ways to put patterns together in all other areas of my life including my garden. It’s like finding harmony in your life and it opens your horizons!

    I collect dishes too! I love glass of all colors and have some nice depression glass pieces. I keep looking at the patterns on them and trying to think of ways to use them in my sewing. Fun!

    Happy harmonizing!

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